School of Art - Masters Program Options


The following programs include Masters program options:

Master of Photography
Master of Fine Art
MA (Arts Management)
MA (Art in Public Space)

On this page you will find information about these postgraduate program options, as well as postgraduate University Electives.

Please note that offerings can be subject to change.

To add a University Elective in Enrolment Online, choose the 'Class Search' tab, select the relevant Term, and search for the name or course code of the course you are interested in.

For more information about a course, please contact the Offering Coordinator.

Please note: although we would like to offer all of the courses below, courses are subject to viability and may not run if numbers are too low.

Course Information


  • Course Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Scheduled Time
  • Location
  • Student Group Eligible for Enrolment
2022 Masters Program Options

Semester 1  -  Masters Program Options

  • OART1067: Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art
  • VART3614: Masters Symposium (Previously Speaking Critically)
  • VART3616: Critical Frameworks B
  • VART3638: Digital Imaging Strategies
  • VART3640: Internship
  • VART3709: Fieldwork *CANCELLED*
  • VART3711: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A 
  • VART3713: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice B 
  • VART3717: Cultural Planning and Evaluation 
Semester 2 - Masters Program Options

  • OART1066: Arts Management Fundamentals
  • VART3616: Critical Frameworks B
  • VART3640: Internship
  • VART3709: Fieldwork
  • VART3707: Applied Industry Engagement
  • VART3711: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A 
  • VART3713: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice B 
Semester 1 - Masters Program Options


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

OART1067: Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art


  • Dr Tammy Wong-Hulbert (tammy.hulbert@rmit.edu.au)
  • Dr Tammy Wong-Hulbert (tammy.hulbert@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBA
  • Online (remote learning supported)
  • School of Art Masters students only

In this course, you will undertake a theoretical and historical examination of contemporary art curation across different contexts in Australia and overseas. Your theoretical investigation will be supported by project-based work to give you a critical and practical appreciation of the issues involved in conceptualising, developing and presenting exhibitions, including spatial thinking and planning. 

NOTE: If you are enrolled in, or have previously completed VART3413, you are not eligible to complete this course.

OART1067 Course Guide


 

VART3614: Masters Symposium


  • Dr Steven Rendall (steven.rendall@rmit.edu.au)
  • Dr Steven Rendall (steven.rendall@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • School of Art Masters students only

(This course was previously titled Speaking Critically)

In this course you will experiment with and develop skills required to present a spoken narrative about your research. You will develop and expand ways to contextualise and document your projects. This audio-visual documentation will accompany your spoken presentation. Spoken presentations are a vital way for graduates to introduce their research to broader audiences and contexts. Developing a well-defined, succinct, and effective spoken presentation built around a research narrative also serves as a step towards the language that will support your examined work. You will analyse your Coursework Masters projects thus far to articulate your research narrative. Your spoken presentation will draw on your experiences in relation to this research, functioning to describe your projects, evaluate the outcomes, and articulate future directions, possibilities, and questions.

VART3614 Course Guide


TOSHIRO SHIMADA/GETTY IMAGES

VART3616: Critical Frameworks B


  • Associate Professor Dominic Redfern (dominic.redfern@rmit.edu.au), Contact hours – by email Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Associate Professor Dominic Redfern
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • School of Art Masters students only

So, there’s you, and then there’s everything else. With use this in mind we divide this lecture series into exploring models of subjectivity – that’s you - throughout the modern period and their various assaults on our received notions of selfhood. Of course, not everyone gets to decide for themselves who they will be, and so we explore theoretical models that have attempted to address the subject position of those who have been assigned to play ‘other’ to the privileged white male. We look at feminist art and ideas, and their heritage in post humanism as well as theories of the ‘other’ as developed through post-colonialism here and elsewhere. To address everything external to the self – that’s the everything else - we also take in a variety of models of realism over the last 170 years of art history and theory as they attempt to address the world external to our thoughts and representations and how we might approach it.

This lecture series was previously offered in Sem 1, Year 2021. If you studied Critical Frameworks in that semester, we don’t recommend you enrol in this course.

Do not enrol in Critical Frameworks A and B at the same time, as they cover the same lecture content in the same semester.

VART3616 Course Guide


PELLE CASS 2018, ‘WATER POLO MATCH, HARVARD’, FROM THE SERIES CROWDED FIELDS. COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPH

PELLE CASS 2018, ‘WATER POLO MATCH, HARVARD’, FROM THE SERIES CROWDED FIELDS. COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPH

VART3638: Digital Imaging Strategies


  • Dr Alison Bennett (alison.bennett@rmit.edu.au)
  • Andrey Walkling
  • TBA
  • Mix of online and on campus in 2.2.2 (restrictions permitting)
  • School of Art Masters students only

Grounded in digital photography, this elective course introduces you to both foundational and advanced concepts and strategies in digital imaging. The classes foreground understanding over recipes – we want you to understand how computers handle images in order to equip you with the skills to be digitally literate creators.

VART3638 Course Guide 


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

VART3640: Internship


  • Prof David Forrest (david.forrest@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Online (remote learning supported)
  • School of Art Masters students only

In this course you will participate in an internship or artist in residence program in an arts or cultural organisation, company, festival, gallery, museum or studio, through dual negotiation with the industry and School. You will be expected to work as directed by the host organisation, to address and solve real issues in an arts industry workplace environment. Students will undertake a 'self-placement' of 42 hours with a host organisation and reflect on their experiences through three key tasks and expected to meet with the co-ordinating Lecturer four times over the semester to share and discuss their experiences. Assessments include arranging an Internship agreement with an Industry Host, keeping an Internship Journal and critically reflecting upon the experience. 

This is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course designed to facilitate a practical working relationship between you and selected arts and cultural organisations. As a self-placement students find their own industry hosts appropriate to their area of study, with support from the co-ordinating Lecturer.  

Also on offer in Semester 2 2022

VART3640 Course Guide


Fieldwork , Fiona Hillary

VART3709: Fieldwork *CANCELLED*


  • Fiona Hillary (fiona.hillary@rmit.edu.au)
  • Fiona Hillary (fiona.hillary@rmit.edu.au) & Dr Alison Bennett (alison.bennett@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBA
  • Both online and via site visits (restrictions premitting)
  • School of Art Masters students only

Please note this course will no longer be running in Semester 1 2022, it is on offer in Semester 2 2022


Sally Richmond (MA Art in Public Space), 2019, One and Many: The Sewing Project, Creative Care project, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Wellbeing Centre (image courtesy, Sally Richmond)

VART3711 & VART3713: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A & B


  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • School of Art Masters Students Only

2022 theme has yet to be confirmed

We deliver a different theme each semester. Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A and B are just two different names for the same underlying theme offered. You can choose up to two themes across your program. Enrol in Themes A if this is your first Themes enrolment, or if you have previously studied Themes B. If you’ve already studied Themes A, then enrol in this course via Themes B.

VART3711 Course Guide

VART3713 Course Guide


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

VART3717: Cultural Planning and Evaluation 


  • Prof David Forrest (david.forrest@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Online (Remote learning supported)
  • School of Art Masters students only

This course aims to build participant’s capacity for effective cultural development planning and in doing so achieve better outcomes. Using frameworks developed by the Cultural Development Network (CDN), Students learn an ‘evidence-based and outcomes focussed’ approach to planning that is consistent and integrated within an organisation’s planning activity, and evaluate the overall effectiveness of a plan and its activities. The Frameworks offered in this course have been developed with sector in the context of key national and international policy agendas and are informed by contemporary approaches to planning and governance and ideas about evidence-based planning. 

VART3717 Course Guide


Semester 2 - Masters Program Options


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

OART1066: Arts Management Fundamentals 


  • Professor David Forrest (david.forrest@rmit.edu.au)
  • Prof David Forrest (david.forrest@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • School of Art Masters students only

The course will examine key aspects of national and international arts management with particular reference to arts organisations in a cross-cultural context. This will entail a consideration of current practices in Australia and overseas with respect to economic, political and socio-cultural factors. You will be introduced to issues relating to: resource and fiscal management; fund raising; policy development and implementation; entrepreneurship; and marketing and communication. 

NOTE: If you are enrolled in, or have previously completed PERF1025, you are not eligible to complete this course.

OART1066 Course Guide


Zichun Apple Jia, "Cruel Beauty” (2017), Mask, plastic, rubber, 28x17x10cm.
Photo by: Kai Gao

VART3616: Critical Frameworks B


  • Associate Professor Dominic Redfern (dominic.redfern@rmit.edu.au), Contact hours – by email Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Associate Professor Dominic Redfern
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • School of Art Masters students only

Do not enrol in Critical Frameworks A and B at the same time, as they cover the same lecture content in the same semester.

VART3616 Course Guide


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

VART3640: Internship


  • Prof David Forrest (david.forrest@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • School of Art Masters students only

In this course you will participate in an internship or artist in residence program in an arts or cultural organisation, company, festival, gallery, museum or studio, through dual negotiation with the industry and School. You will be expected to work as directed by the host organisation, to address and solve real issues in an arts industry workplace environment. Students will undertake a 'self-placement' of 42 hours with a host organisation and reflect on their experiences through three key tasks and expected to meet with the co-ordinating Lecturer four times over the semester to share and discuss their experiences. Assessments include arranging an Internship agreement with an Industry Host, keeping an Internship Journal and critically reflecting upon the experience. 

This is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course designed to facilitate a practical working relationship between you and selected arts and cultural organisations. As a self-placement students find their own industry hosts appropriate to their area of study, with support from the co-ordinating Lecturer. 

Also on offer in Semester 1 2022

VART3640 Course Guide


Fieldwork, Fiona Hillary

VART3709: Fieldwork


  • Fiona Hillary (fiona.hillary@rmit.edu.au)
  • Fiona Hillary (fiona.hillary@rmit.edu.au) & Dr Alison Bennett (alison.bennett@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBA
  • Both online and via site visits (restrictions permitting)
  • School of Art Masters students only

Fieldwork is a process driven elective course that encourages you as an artist/curator to explore your creative practice in response to a site. You will experience and develop methodologies that interrogate site specificity. For example, you will learn to understand the whole process of knowing a site from the journey to the site, the time spent on site, its socio-historical, cultural, environmental and political context and the ensuing impact that those experiences and knowledges can have on your creative practice. You will then learn to adapt and apply those methodologies that are appropriate for your creative development and practice.

VART3709 Course Guide


RAWPIXEL.COM VIA PEXELS, USED UNDER CREATIVE COMMONS.

RAWPIXEL.COM VIA PEXELS, USED UNDER CREATIVE COMMONS.

VART3707: Applied Industry Engagement


  • Alison Bennett (alison.bennett@rmit.edu.au)
  • Pauline Anastasiou (pauline.anastasiou@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBA
  • Blended Learning
  • School of Art Masters students only

This course explores ways to engage with expanded notions of industry for creative practitioners. You will interact with a variety of voices and positions from within the art, photography and wider arts industries to contribute to your evolving relationship to professional practice.

VART3707 Course Guide.


Courtesy Steven Rendall

 

VART3711 & VART3713: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A & B 


  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • School of Art Masters students only

2022 theme has yet to be confirmed

We deliver a different theme each semester. Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A and B are just two different names for the same underlying theme offered. You can choose up to two themes across your program. Enrol in Themes A if this is your first Themes enrolment, or if you have previously studied Themes B. If you’ve already studied Themes A, then enrol in this course via Themes B.

VART3711 Course Guide

VART3713 Course Guide